Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Farmers Market

After shoveling my sidewalk and making sure my car would start, I decided to go to the WINTER FARMERS MARKET at Harrison Place.  It is an extension of the Lockport Community Market that has been going on for several years in the summer and fall.
I didn't buy anything, but I had a sample of raspberry hot chocolate and tried out for a door prize.  Then I went to the library.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

ART OF THE SENSES and more: Day Trip to Buffalo with Mary Ann

Mary Ann and I went to Buffalo to see two temporary exhibits  ART OF THE SENSES and  THE DEEP END OF THE UNIVERSE at the Albright Knox Art Gallery.    Both are only there for a couple of more weeks.

Here are a few pictures from ART OF THE SENSES:
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                                                                      PIANO PIECE

and a couple from THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN

After leaving the gallery, we headed towards  THE SWAN STREET DINER in  Larkinville.   On the way there, we passed THE FREEDOM WALL
The Swan Street Diner is an example of one of the early Sterling Company diner cars made by the J.B. Judkins Company of Merrimac, Mass. The company fabricated diner cars, each numbered upon completion, from 1936 to 1942. The Swan Street Diner is No. 397 and was manufactured in 1937.  The Swan Street Diner car was originally operated as the Newark Diner, located in Newark, N.Y., (near Rochester, N.Y.). It arrived in pieces in 1937 and was assembled on site. The proximity to the Erie Canal and Route 31 provided a steady pool of customers.    In 2013,  the Larkin Development Group purchased it. The Diner was transported to Akron, Ohio and then back to Buffalo for a full restoration. The interior enamel panels, bar stools and wood trim are all original. The booths have been newly fabricated in the former foot print of the Newark Diner booths. The counter has been rebuilt according the original glass top design.       WHAT I like about it is that it has been beautifully restored to its original state!!!!    

   It opened in this location in October 2017.  We enjoyed our lunch there.   

After that we went to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
to see the temporary exhibit BUFFALO NEVER FAILS:  The Queen City and World War One.  It was very good.  Mostly it has original posters and reproduced posters from many countries during WWI.

This newspaper on display is from April 6, 1917.
Adjacent to the exhibit there is a childrens play area.  I was able to talk Mary Ann into playing a game of CONNECT FOUR.  
I think I got home a little after four p.m.  Since we have bad weather coming, I decided to go to the library and pick up a book they were holding for me and then I went to Niagara Produce and got some milk and a few other items.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

RiSE AGAINST HUNGER Packing Event at Faith Tab January 7, 2018

Faith Tab participated in RISE AGAINST HUNGER this year.  First, we were offered the opportunity to make a financial contribution by taking an envelope indicating a cash amount from a Christmas tree in the lobby.  I participated in that.  Then Peg held a silent auction during the CONNECT Senior Luncheon and I donated several items to the auction.
Then we were asked to sign up to come in tonight to help prepare ten thousand meals.  Tables were set up with stations to fill, weigh and seal the individual meals.  Altogether, it took a little over an hour and a half to reach our goal.  
 This little girl carried the meals to the table where they were boxed up.
 This man was in charge of the event.
 This is a meal that has been put together, weighed and sealed.

                                                  loading the truck.
All in all it was a fun evening.  I hope we do it again next year.  

Friday, January 5, 2018


We are pretty much in the middle of an extremely cold spell here in Niagara County.  I had decided to stay home all day today and tomorrow during the worst of it, but it worked out well for Peggy, Betty and I to go out for supper and exchange Christmas gifts.

So we went to COUSIN'S CAFE in the Bewley Building.   We all had fish and we all liked our meals.  The owner was teary eyed due to the death of one of her friends.  We exchanged gifts and had a nice time.   I was happy that the cafĂ© was nice and warm and toasty!

I was glad to get home.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years Eve 2017

Peggy and David invited me to have dinner with them, and I accepted.  David prepared prime rib, lobster,  lobster bisque and Yorkshire pudding.  Peggy prepared shrimp cocktail and a nice green salad.  I provided tapioca pudding for desert.   Everything was delicious.   We watched the end of the football game on TV and Buffalo won and will go to the playoffs.

On the way there and also on the way back I drove down Maple Street and saw some very well decorated houses.    Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me.   But this was on the Lockportians facebook page:

When I got home, I called two friends, Betty and Pam, and wished them a Happy New Year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

12/29/17 Celebrating Becky's SEVENTIETH Birthday

My mothers cousin Becky turned seventy on December 13th.  Her sister Betsey reminded Peggy of it and we decided to do something to celebrate it.  I had planned to make a cake and we would celebrate it on Thanksgiving Day but Becky was sick and could not come.

We arranged for Gail, Peggy and I (me and my two sisters) to take Becky out for lunch.  We decided on Cafora's on Route 78 in Newfane because it is closer to Becky and Gail.  It is a small family owned Italian restaurant.

We all had presents for Becky and she appreciated them.  Here is a picture of her opening one of them.

  Our lunch was great...............I had the fish fry.  Becky had eggplant parmesan.    Before leaving, we sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Becky.  I gave her a bag of small containers of items we had for Christmas dinner.

Christmas Dinner at my House: December 25, 2017

Carrie arrived home mid afternoon on December 24th.  We settled in for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I gave her her gifts.  

On Christmas morning I called my grandkids and spoke to each of them as well as with Megan and Chris.  

I had invited Peggy and David, Katherine and Scott and Becky for Christmas dinner.   Katherine and Scott decided to accept a different invitation and Becky was sick, so it ended up just being the four of us:  myself, Carrie, Peg and David.  

Peg brought a lemon meringue pie and David had cooked the Appleton Farms Ham.  I provided
pineapple stuffing,  macaroni and cheese,  applesauce, rolls and butter, butternut squash casserole and cooked carrots.  The carrots did not turn out well, they just did not seem to cook thoroughly no matter how long I cooked them, first a few hours in the crockpot, then a half hour in the oven and then in the microwave.    Our meal was very good!!!

We exchanged gifts.  Peggy seemed to really like the crocheted throw I gave her.  They gave me a gift certificate to Millers Bulk Food Store.  I showed Peggy my Christmas decorations in my family room.  

My former mother in law made the two ceramic snowman heads with black hats and gave them to me.  

This little fiber optic tree belongs to Peggy, and I have that small collection of Christmas tins on display with it.  

I got this larger fiber optic tree at Rite Aid a year or two ago during their after Christmas sale.............75% off.  I really like it!

In the evening, Christa called.     It was a good day.